Woman of the year – winners

Woman of the Year – Winners

After several weeks of searching, we are pleased to announce the three amazing winners in our Woman of the Year competition, as voted by you.

Firstly, we’d like to thank everybody who put in a nomination. It was inspiring to see so many brilliant women doing our suburb proud.

And of course, we’d like to congratulate all our nominees. You are an essential part of what makes Bracken Ridge a great place to live.

But now, the winners for 2022 are…


Bracken Ridge’s Woman of the Year
First place
Shannon Clark

Here’s why she deserves to be this year’s winner:

“Shannon from Coles is all about the People. She engages her team and community with fundraising, supporting schools, business and advertising employment opportunities. She has built the click and collect department from the ground up – it is her passion.”


Bracken Ridge’s Woman of the Year
Second place
Sandra Appleyard

Here’s why she deserves to be this year’s winner:

“My mum, she has worked at Coles Bracken Ridge for 18 years. Service with a smile. She just retired this week and I think she will be greatly missed and it wont be the same with out her. She is the best mum and grandma you could ask for.”

Here’s Sandra’s reply when accepting her award:

“I am very honoured to have been nominated and to be one of the winners of the Bracken Ridge Women of the year. I would like to thank each and everyone for all their support, kind words and the opportunity to be recognised. I am feeling really loved ❤”


Bracken Ridge’s Woman of the Year
Third place
Lisa Caruana

What makes her so special:

“Lisa is an Indigenous artist within her community of Fitzgibbon, she teaches Early Learning Centres & the local community about First Nations Culture. Lisa volunteers time to manage Kurbingui Sporting Assoc; a community boxing gym in Bracken Ridge.”


Here’s Lisa’s reply when accepting her award:

“Bracken Ridge Plaza Woman of the Year provides an opportunity for community to celebrate the amazing Women we have in our local communities. I am very honoured to stand alongside two amazing Women also presented with the 2022 honour of Bracken Ridge Woman of the Year; Shannon Clark and Sandra Appleyard.

I am a proud First Nations Woman and Artist. I’ve had the amazing opportunity to share First Nations culture with the Fitzgibbon Community through our Fitzgibbon Community page as well as  Early Learning Centres and schools in and outside of our communities. I also Volunteer as a staff member and executive board member for Kurbingui Sporting Association in Bracken Ridge. We provide an enjoyable safe space for individuals and families to attend boxing and fitness training. I am passionate about sharing First Nations culture as well as helping support community. I have been blessed to have worked with community on Turrbal County for over 20 years and look forward to continuing long into the future.

I hope that my achievements inspire other First Nations Woman to believe in themselves and their own achievements. Unfortunately our First Nations People still face many challenges and discrimination in today’s society, I hope together we can continue to change the narrative by honouring and respecting Australia’s First Nations People and our culture.”